El Matador State Beach. A bit of a drive out of the LA area but so worth it!!
About once a month, my job takes me to SoCal. About every other, other, other trip, I am able to get out of the office and explore a little. Earlier this year, my sister and friend met me in SoCal after a week of work, and we explored for the weekend. If the weekend is all you have, you can definitely get to a few of the hot spots in and around LaLaLand. And, if you have the weekend planned out like we did, you will get the most out of your trip. Here’s the itinerary we followed to explore the surrounding area of LA in only 2.5 days!
If you are an east coaster, taking an after work flight still gets you into the airport (LAX) with sometime to explore due to the 3 hour time difference. We chose to explore downtown Santa Monica on Friday evening, and check out the infamous Santa Monica Pier and Ocean Ave restaurants.
As far as dinner (and cocktails go), Blue Plate Taco would be the best spot right on Ocean Ave. for a reasonably priced meal and an amazing margarita.
If you want to enjoy a finer dinner, try The Ivy or The Lobster. Both are on Ocean Ave too, and both have phenomenal food. The Ivy is super eclectic and manages to mate nautical and garden party decor, while The Lobster feels more formal with its wicker chairs and white table cloths. You truly can’t go wrong with either!